Gov’t formulating strategies to address violence against women, children – PM

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government is very disturbed by the increasing reports of violence targeting women and children.
Noting that the issue was discussed by Cabinet on Monday, as well as at Tuesday’s meeting of the National Security Council, Holness said the Government is formulating strategies to respond on multiple levels.
“There is a cultural problem that needs to be tackled and the Jamaican state has to confront this. Until we are prepared as a country to (challenge) the normalisation of the use of violence as a means of resolving conflicts, then we will continue to have these occurrences,” he said.
The prime minister was addressing members of the diplomatic corps during a meeting at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel today, as part of activities for Diplomatic Week.
He said that as an immediate response, the security forces are being engaged on measures to assure public safety. 
“But there is a much broader programme that requires the partnership of the Jamaican society – citizens and institutions – and indeed partnership with our friends and multilateral, bilateral institutions to truly tackle this problem,” he said.
Holness said the Government has taken certain decisions on tackling crime and violence in the country, which are to be revealed in the coming weeks, and which he guarantees “will have profound impact on the current situation”.

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